Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwich | www.aggieskitchen.com

It’s hard to believe the month of January is just about over. I’m starting to realize that January can be a tricky month for many of us, at least those I’ve talked to the last couple of weeks. At first I thought it was just me, but it seems like the month of January has a bit of a metaphoric ebb and flow. It starts off really strong, a fresh start full of ideas, goals and intentions. Then we crash a bit, feeling that post holiday exhaustion that hits us around the second week. By the third week we are realizing we haven’t started on any of those goals or intentions we had planned for so maybe a little stress and discouragement kicks in and we start to feel somewhat down. Well, here we are in the last week in January…the January blues are behind us and it’s time to really kick off the New Year. At least this is what happens to me…and it seems to happen pretty much every year too!

One of those intentions for me (and I’m sure so many) is to get back in shape and back into a good workout routine. I stayed active over the holidays, but mostly just by taking stroller walks. And that was fine. I am now in a place where I’m ready to kick it up a notch and really start focusing on building my strength and fitness, running more as well as building muscle. I have been in a slump at my gym for a while so I finally made the switch to join my husband’s gym last week and I am so glad I did. The main reason I didn’t do this sooner was that his gym didn’t have child care and with a little one home during the day that was a big deal for me obviously. A lightbulb finally went off and I realized that if I wanted to really make the changes I want to make I was going to have to get a little uncomfortable. Translate: Work out at 5 am before the family wakes up. Translate: Wake up at 4:20 to get to the gym at 5am. Translate: What in the world?!

Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwich | www.aggieskitchen.com

Apple, Celery and Walnut Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

(This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts.) Are you planning out your menu for Super Bowl still? I am. There are so many great recipes and ideas floating around, it’s hard to narrow down. I usually figure it out last minute, like the day of. Of course, if I was having a party this year

Almond Peach Kefir Smoothie

Almond Peach Kefir Smoothie

So lately, not only am I trying to get back into the salad, I’m trying to get back into the smoothie. Smoothies are an awesome way to get in some fruits (and sometimes vegetables), protein and other good for you nutrition like calcium. Like salads, it’s easy to get into a smoothie rut – but so

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad Sliders

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad Sliders || Aggie's Kitchen

(This post is sponsored by Naturally Fresh.) So apparently Super Bowl is just over a week away. And according to my FB feed there may be some drama regarding one of the teams who’s playing in the game? Can someone fill me in? I guess I could always ask 1 of the two devoted sports

Mexican Slaw Salad with Black Beans

Mexican Slaw Salad with Black Beans

(This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans.) Did I miss Taco Tuesday? Yea, I think I did this week. Well, save this recipe for next week then. Or don’t….there’s always Taco Thursday right? In my house there usually is. My family and I eat Mexican inspired food at least once a week. Nothing fancy –

Kale with Stewed Tomatoes and White Beans

Kale with Stewed Tomatoes and White Beans || Aggie's Kitchen

Is kale still considered a health trend or can we agree that it’s here to stay? I feel like kale, quinoa, chia seeds and other super healthy foods came onto the scene hard over the last few years, with recipes for them floating around everywhere you turn. Personally, I love it and don’t consider any

Spinach and Pistachio Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Spinach and Pistachio Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette || Aggie's Kitchen

You know I’m all about salads. I am usually inspired by whatever ingredients I have in my fridge, but usually the basics often include the trifecta of fresh greens, cheese and nuts. It’s just a no-brainer to an awesome salad mix in my opinion. Add in any extra veggies or fruit and you are set.

Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing

Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing || Aggie's Kitchen

Whenever I see avocados on sale at my grocery store (10 for $10 – best deal ever!), I can’t help but buy a million of them. My daughter, my youngest son and I can eat avocados every day so they really don’t go to waste when I bring home a bagful, especially since I’ve learned

Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts

Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts

I have been using my crock pot like a mad woman lately. The last few weeks I’ve used it for several chilis and soups, pulled pork and to cook chicken to use in recipes like these Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts. My crock pot has been a good companion in the kitchen lately that’s for

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Oh split pea soup…it’s definitely not the prettiest in the category of soups but as far as nutrition goes, it ranks up pretty high in my book. It’s full of fiber, some protein and lots of other vitamins from the peas itself along with all the other veggies added in. And I think it tastes

Kale, Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata || Aggie's Kitchen

Happy New Year Friends! Did you have a nice holiday season?? It’s hard to believe we are starting a new calendar year already. I love love love the fresh start a new year brings, so much to look forward to. My friend Kristen introduced me to idea of choosing a Focus Word for a new